[whatwg] Some <video> questions

Geoffrey Sneddon foolistbar at googlemail.com
Thu Jan 31 10:50:04 PST 2008

On 31 Jan 2008, at 17:50, Charles wrote:

> If it's that the SWF references a FLV, QuickTime Movies have been  
> able to
> reference media pretty much forever, and when you embed an ASX with
> references with Windows Media content, you're still embedding video  
> even
> though the metafile happens to be a text file.

Whereas it is possible to get the video from a QuickTime container, it  
is not possible to get a FLV from a SWF, making it impossible to  
directly control the video. The video element exists to contain  
container formats (of which Flash is not one, though FLV is), and  
nothing else. Inserting a Flash file into a video element is similar  
to inserting an HTML file that happens to have a link to video: sure,  
it links to a video, but it does a billion other things too — it isn't  
in itself the video.

Geoffrey Sneddon

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